The SolarisCare Foundation Research Team brings together representatives from health care services, accredited complementary therapists and universities across the Perth metropolitan area with the vision of promoting and supporting research into patient centred cancer care. The team supports multi-institutional research in complementary integrated therapies that will assist in improving the quality of cancer care for patients.
- CARE Best practice in psychosocial support and care for cancer patients and carers
- ADVOCACY Enhancing service delivery, in metropolitan, regional & remote areas
- RESEARCH Our research will advance knowledge of integrating complementary therapies with mainstream medicine
- EXCELLENCE In care and support of cancer patients/carers
The Research Team aims to:
- Support the development of research programs addressing complimentary integrated therapies and cancer care for patients and their caregivers
- Promote and establish local, rural, state and national research connections
- Provide a basis for generating evidence-based recommendations for co-ordinated interdisciplinary care for cancer patients and their carers
- Ensure the dissemination of research findings to appropriate professionals, academics, cancer care providers and policy makers
The Research Team provides direction and an infrastructure. The team draws on a wide variety of backgrounds, which includes clinical, management and research expertise. Dr David Joske chairs the Research Team. Senior researchers mentor new researchers with collaborative supervision across discipline boundaries. Current members are:
Dr David Joske - MBBS FRACP FRCPA
Senior Consultant Haematologist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital;
Founder and Chairman, SolarisCare Foundation;
Haematology Sub-Editor, Internal Medicine Journal;
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UWA.
Dr Anna Petterson – BA MA PhD AHTR
Manager, Research and Education, SolarisCare Foundation;
Red Sky Ride Postdoctoral Research Fellow;
Adjunct Research Associate / Lecturer, Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Edith Cowan University;
Medical Art Psychotherapist.
Associate Professor Anne Williams
Associate Professor for Clinical Research and Innovation and Coordinator for Research and Higher Degrees, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University;
Research Consultant at the Centre of Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Ms Patricia Williams
Registered Nurse, Royal Perth Hospital
Pranic Healer, Member of Board of Directors, SolarisCare Foundation
Ms Bonnie Furzer
Exercise Physiologist and Coordinator, Health and Rehabilitation Clinic, University of WA;
PhD Candidate, School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, UWA.
Associate Professor Kellie Bennett
Head of Behavioural Science Unit, School Of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of WA;
The Research Team meets monthly to share ideas, experiences and expertise to develop the research program. Others with particular skills are bought in from time to time to workshop suggestions for discussion/research topics that address our aims. If you have the time and expertise and are interested in contributing to the group, please contact Dr Anna Petterson at the SolarisCare office 9346 7632 for further information.
Thriving - Life after cancer treatment intervention study
One in three Australians are affected by cancer. Thanks to improved medical treatment people are living longer.
The SolarisCare Foundation is playing a vital role in improving the wellbeing and quality of life of people living with cancer.
If you have the time and expertise and are interested in contributing to the SolarisCare Research group, please contact Dr Anna Petterson at the SolarisCare centre on
9346 7632 or by email for further information.